Events not to be missed ... in summer 2014
From woolly mammoths roaming the wastes of Siberia to blazing firework displays over Plymouth Sound, Eleanor Day rounds up the hot events of the British summer.
Mammoths: Ice Age Giants
Lyuba the baby woolly mammoth has packed her trunk and is making her first trip to Europe. Guaranteed to be the summer’s blockbuster exhibition, this is an exciting opportunity to see the most completely preserved mammoth remains ever discovered, unearthed in Siberia in 2007. The exhibition will use original skeletons, life-size models and giant fossils to bring the immense power and size of the mammoths to life, as well as featuring other great creatures of the ice age.
Natural History Museum, London • 23 May – 7 September 2014 Tickets £10 | nhm.ac.uk
Image: Luyba ©International Mammoth Commitee and Franci Latreille
Heritage Open Days
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, these four days in September offer a unique opportunity to snoop around some of England’s most fascinating buildings, whose doors remain otherwise shut to the public.
Explore A La Ronde, near Exmouth, a distinctive 16-sided house or discover the marvellous collections and botanical extravaganza at the house and garden of scientist and inventor Otto Overbeck, near Salcombe.
Nationwide | heritageopendays.org.uk 11-14 September 2014
Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude
Why is it that Greenwich in London is the prime meridian, dividing the Earth into the eastern and western hemispheres? This fascinating exhibition delves into the most fiercely debated intellectual battle of the Georgian age – to solve the riddle of longitude. Discover the heroes who conquered longitude and changed our world forever.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich 11 July 2014 – 4 January 2015 Tickets £8.50 | rmg.co.uk
Travel Photographer of the Year
From snow monkeys cocooning their fur-frosted babies in Japan to proud prides of African lions and a brace of Santas in Trafalgar Square, the Royal Geographical Society’s annual travel photography competition never fails to amaze and inspire. Open to both amateur and professional snappers, the winning images will stop you in your tracks.
www.tpoty.com • Royal Geographic Society, London 11 July – 17 August • Free entrance | rgs.org
The Commonwealth Games
Hot on the heels of the Winter Olympics comes another chance to gorge on sport as Glasgow stages the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The run up to the Games will be marked by a number of innovative cultural events across Scotland, including a classical music marathon and new films inspired by the stories, imagery and artefacts of Shetlanders.
Venues across Glasgow 23 July (Opening Ceremony) – 3 August (Closing Ceremony) 2014 visitscotland.com glasgow2014.com
Devon back on track
Now that the mainline railway at Dawlish has been repaired, Devon and Cornwall are once again easily accessible. Devon has a number of festivals taking place over the summer, including the British Firework Championships over Plymouth Sound. Six professional pyromaniacs battle it out at what is recognised as Britain’s best firework display. There’s also Fishstock, pretty Brixham’s oneday seafood and music festival.
Plymouth | 12 & 13 August britishfireworks.co.uk
Brixham | 13 September fishstockbrixham.co.uk